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Olympics News Archive - October 2009

On this page we have archived news items from October 2009. Please note that we are not responsible for the content of external sites and some of the pages on these sites may have been changed or removed since we added them here.

Vote for your favourite Olympic Park garden design
Twelve budding gardeners from across the UK have been shortlisted for the public vote for the Olympic Park Great British Garden competition. Voting can be done via the Royal Horticultural Society's website.
1st October 2009

Contest to design Olympic garden
Twelve amateur gardeners are competing to design a garden for the 2012 Olympic Park in east London. A public online vote will select the winning design for the Stratford site.
1st October 2009

Rio Olympic victory hailed in UK
British politicians and sport officials have congratulated Rio de Janeiro after the Brazilian city was chosen to host the 2016 Olympics.
2nd October 2009

Redgrave is named '2012 Champion'
Five-time gold medal winner Sir Steve Redgrave has been appointed as the Government's '2012 Sports Champion'.
2nd October 2009

Sony shows off 3D TV technology
Sony has unveiled a new single-lens camera able to capture 3D images. The corporation's director of London 2012, Roger Mosey, said there were plans to capture some of the Olympics in 3D.
2nd October 2009

Old plane in Olympic arts project
An abandoned aeroplane will be the centrepiece of a £230,000 arts project in Wales to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics.
4th October 2009

Seb Coe calls for new IOC commission to encourage young people into sport
Seb Coe has called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to create a Youth Commission in order to encourage more young people to take up sport.
5th October 2009

Amaechi has 2012 legacy concerns
Former GB basketball star John Amaechi has raised concerns that the legacy promises made by the London Olympic team are not being followed through.
6th October 2009

NBA eyes meaningful London games
The NBA could play regular-season games in London from as early as next season as basketball looks to widen its appeal ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.
6th October 2009

Olympic cruise ship plan reviewed
Plans are being reconsidered to house international competitors on a cruise ship at the 2012 Olympics sailing events in Dorset.
7th October 2009

London told to choose 2012 venues
The International Olympic Committee has told London 2012 organisers they need to finalise venues for badminton and rhythmic gymnastics at the Games.
7th October 2009

Tuggers talk up health benefits
A tug of war team is encouraging more people to take up the sport as a way to get fit. Meanwhile, England's Tug of War Association is campaigning for the sport to be reintroduced at the London Olympics in 2012.
7th October 2009

Gymnast upset at Olympics funding
A gymnast who had her sights set on competing in the 2012 Olympics has been forced to give up full-time training after her funding was withdrawn.
7th October 2009

London 2012 launches UK's largest disability arts programme
London 2012 today launched 'Unlimited' - a £3 million programme to celebrate arts, culture and sport by disabled and Deaf people.
7th October 2009

London 2012 cycling venue takes shape
Work has started to lift the first sections of the London 2012 Velodrome roof structure into place.
8th October 2009

2012 beach revamp 'on schedule'
Work to improve access and attract Olympic sailors to an east Dorset beach at Mudeford is "well on schedule". The revamp is hoped to help attract Olympic sailing teams ahead of 2012.
8th October 2009

Work starts on time at the London 2012 Rowing and Canoe Sprint venue
Construction work has started on time on the London 2012 Rowing and Canoe Sprint venue, Eton Dorney in Windsor.
9th October 2009

Craig Reedie elected to IOC Executive Board
London 2012 Organising Committee Board member Sir Craig Reedie CBE was today appointed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board.
9th October 2009

Rogge re-elected as IOC president
Jacques Rogge has been re-elected unopposed as president of the International Olympic Committee.
9th October 2009

Superfast broadband extends reach
An extra one and a half million homes will benefit from super-fast broadband by 2012, BT has said.
9th October 2009

Olympic Park set for UK's largest urban river planting of wetland plants
More than 300,000 wetland plants are being grown in Thetford, Norfolk, ready to be planted in the Olympic Park.
9th October 2009

Olympic horseriding venue opposed
Residents formed a ring around part of Greenwich Park in protest at its selection as the venue for equestrian events at London's 2012 Olympics.
11th October 2009

Work begins on sporting village
Work has started on the construction of a £38m sports village in Essex earmarked as a training camp for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
12th October 2009

London 1948 Olympic torch on sale
An Olympic torch, said to be from the post-war 1948 games in London, is being sold on an internet auction site.
12th October 2009

Coin bears nine-year-old's design
The Royal Mint is due to unveil the first UK coin designed by a child, which will enter circulation next year.
13th October 2009

Minister backs Wembley for 2012
Olympics minister Tessa Jowell and London Mayor Boris Johnson want Wembley Arena to host badminton and rhythmic gymnastics in the 2012 Games.
13th October 2009

Bonuses of £1.8m for 2012 staff
Staff overseeing the construction of venues for London's 2012 Olympics have been paid more than £1.8m in bonuses.
15th October 2009

UK anti-doping body set to open
Britain's first dedicated anti-doping body is set to open on 14 December. It will take on the responsibility for drug testing from UK Sport.
15th October 2009

Olympic Park security ramps up
Biometric hand and eye scanners have been installed on the Olympic Park entrances to enhance the safety and security of construction workers as the 'big build' accelerates.
16th October 2009

Film centre gets government funds
The government has approved funding for a National Film Centre on London's South Bank, as well as extensions to the Tate Modern and British Museum. The Tate extension is expected to be completed in 2012.
16th October 2009

BBC defend Blue Peter competition
The BBC has denied newspaper reports of wrong-doing in a Blue Peter competition to design a 50 pence piece for the 2012 London Olympics.
16th October 2009

Gavin tips Stalker for 2012 medal
Former amateur lightweight world champion Frankie Gavin is tipping Huyton's Tom Stalker to win a medal at the London Olympics in 2012.
16th October 2009

Frederiksen targets Euro success
Heather Frederiksen believes more world records are within her grasp at this week's European Paralympic Swimming Championships in Iceland.
16th October 2009

Father and coach salute Keatings
The father and coach of Corby gymnast Daniel Keatings have both saluted his achievement of winning a silver medal at the World Championships.
16th October 2009

Iris scanners guard Olympic Park
Biometric hand and eyeball scanners are being installed on the Olympic Park in east London to stop terrorists posing as workmen gaining access to the site.
16th October 2009

Smith error ruins Worlds chance
Louis Smith came off the pommel horse early in his routine to miss out on a medal at the World Championships.
17th October 2009

Tweddle to keep 2012 options open
New world champion Beth Tweddle says she could quit before the 2012 Olympics if she is not performing at her best.
19th October 2009

Olympic Park health and safety programme launched
The health and safety educational programme for thousands of children living near the Olympic Park site has returned for a second year.
19th October 2009

London 2012 exhibition opens at City Hall
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) today launched a London 2012 exhibition at City Hall - the home of the Greater London Authority and the Mayor of London.
19th October 2009

Twelve arts commissions awarded £5.4 million for London 2012 Cultural Olympiad
The 12 winners of the London 2012 'Artists taking the lead' arts commissions totalling £5.4 million were announced today.
20th October 2009

London 2012 announces Thomas Cook as Official Supporter
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today continued the development of its ticketing strategy by announcing Thomas Cook as an Official Supporter.
20th October 2009

Local people get early benefits from London 2012 transport improvements
The first Docklands Light Railway (DLR) train carriages that have been co-funded by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) have been delivered to Stratford Regional Station.
20th October 2009

Thomas Cook becomes 2012 sponsor
Travel agent Thomas Cook has become the latest tier two sponsor of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
20th October 2009

BOA issues team funding warning
British Olympic Association (BOA) boss Andy Hunt has told national sporting bodies that plans for a 550-strong Team GB at the 2012 Games depends on the funds available.
20th October 2009

Lady Godiva to parade to Olympics
A giant puppet of Lady Godiva will represent the West Midlands in the run up to the London 2012 Games.
21st October 2009

Cricket focus for Olympic stadium
The Olympic Stadium could be used to stage floodlit Twenty20 cricket once the 2012 Games have finished.
21st October 2009

Romero conspicuous by her absence
Olympic champion Rebecca Romero failed to make her expected individual pursuit comeback at the British National Track Championships after taking a year out.
21st October 2009

Olympic boss defends £250,000 pay
The man responsible for delivering the venues for the 2012 London Olympics has defended his £250,000 salary for a three-day week.
21st October 2009

Forest pitch hosts just two games
A Scots artist has been given almost £500,000 to create a football ground in a forest.
22nd October 2009

MCC prepares for stadium rivalry
The MCC, which owns Lord's, will "hit the competition head on" if the 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium is used to host floodlit cricket after the 2012 Games.
22nd October 2009

US Olympics team deal is signed
A deal has been finalised to bring the 160-strong United States athletics team to Birmingham for the London Olympics in 2012.
22nd October 2009

Artist paid to tow Arctic 'isle'
The Arts Council has awarded Devon artist Alex Hartley £500,000 to tow part of an Arctic island to the UK.
22nd October 2009

Artworks to showcase UK in 2012
A giant human puppet of Lady Godiva and three 30ft (9.1m) crocheted lions are among the artworks selected to showcase British culture at the 2012 Olympics.
22nd October 2009

London 'may stage four NFL games'
The boss of NFL UK has said he aims to stage four American Football games a season in London by 2012.
22nd October 2009

Royal Mail launches London 2012 stamps
The first set of London 2012-themed stamps went on sale today.
22nd October 2009

Build starts on largest temporary venue on Olympic Park
Construction has started on the Basketball Arena - the largest temporary venue built for any Olympic or Paralympic Games.
23rd October 2009

Artist to crochet Olympic lions
A Leicestershire artist is preparing to spend the next two years crocheting three 30ft lions to mark the London 2012 Olympics in the East Midlands.
23rd October 2009

GB Taekwondo eye new talent plan
Great Britain's taekwondo team are hoping a new scheme will take those currently not involved in the sport and turn them into 2012 Olympic medallists.
23rd October 2009

Athletes aim for 2012 inclusion
Intellectual disability athletes will find out next month if they can compete at the London 2012 Paralympics.
23rd October 2009

Plan for monument to 2012 Games
A plan to build a permanent monument in Olympic Park to mark the 2012 London Games is being considered.
25th October 2009

Chicago bid star given 2012 role
One of the leading figures of Chicago's failed bid for the 2016 Olympics, Doug Arnot, has joined the London 2012 organising team.
26th October 2009

GB athletes given 10-medal target
The chief executive of UK Athletics wants British athletes to win 10 medals at the London Olympics in 2012.
26th October 2009

Olympic Park project wins award
The project to remove the pylons that dominated the Olympic Park landscape and move the powerlines into two tunnels has won an award.
26th October 2009

First Olympic Park building completed
The Olympic Park Primary Electrical Substation has been completed and will start supplying electricity next month.
26th October 2009

Junior champion fear for Olympics
European Under-23 sprint champion Annabelle Lewis fears that she will miss out on a place in the 2012 Olympic team because she has no funding.
27th October 2009

Davies urges Malcolm to battle on
UK Athletics president Lynn Davies has urged sprinter Christian Malcolm to set his sights on the 2012 London Olympics after having his lottery funding cut.
27th October 2009

BMX centre gets £8m funding boost
A national indoor BMX centre will be built alongside Manchester's velodrome, home to Britain's cycling team, after an injection of funding. It will aid GB Cycling Team's preparations for London 2012.
27th October 2009

Olympic Park and Village workforce exceeds 7000
New figures show that there are now 4,842 working on the Olympic Park and a further 2,428 people working on the Olympic Village site.
27th October 2009

Olympic Countdown in the west
BBC Points West get a feel for the Olympics in 2012 by going behind the scenes at various clubs in the west who are hoping to be selected as training camps by competing nations.
28th October 2009

GB cyclists shocked by 2012 plan
Top British cyclists refute proposed changes to the Olympic track cycling programme for London 2012.
28th October 2009

Paralympic venue gets planning permission
Planning permission has been granted for new sporting facilities at Eton Manor, in the north of the Olympic Park.
29th October 2009

Hoy eyes Manchester clean sweep
Sir Chris Hoy aims to qualify for next March's World Championships with medals in all three of his events at the World Cup event in Manchester.
29th October 2009

Top events set for 2012 build-up
UK Sport has launched a plan to stage a world-class sporting event in Britain every fortnight in the 1000 days until the start of the London 2012 Olympics.
30th October 2009

GB handball team boosted by grant
Great Britain's men's handball team are to receive up to £60,000 from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
30th October 2009

Structure of first Olympic Village residential block complete
The first of the 11 residential blocks within the London 2012 Olympic Village has been structurally completed.
30th October 2009

1,000 days to go to London 2012 launches with major new photographic commission
A major new photographic commission, the National Portrait Gallery/BT 'Road to 2012' project, launched today ahead of the 1,000 days to the London 2012 Olympic Games milestone.
30th October 2009

1,000 days to go, millions joining in
On Saturday 31 October, London 2012 celebrates 1,000 days to go to the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games.
30th October 2009

Olympic benefits for local groups
Suffolk County Council is inviting organisations, community groups and parish councils in Suffolk to apply for grants for local cultural or sporting events in the run-up to the Olympics.
31st October 2009

Houvenaghel into Manchester final
Wendy Houvenaghel was the fastest by nine seconds as she qualified for the individual pursuit final at the World Cup meeting in Manchester.
31st October 2009

Games countdown marks 1000 days
With 1,000 days to go until the 2012 Olympics in London, Games chief Lord Coe says preparations are ahead of schedule. London's BT Tower was lit up with a fireworks display.
31st October 2009

Houvenaghel in world record mark
Wendy Houvenaghel helped Great Britain set a new world record as they clinched victory in the team pursuit at the World Cup meeting in Manchester. Her individual event looks likely to be axed from London 2012.
1st November 2009

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